PLAY is enhancing its work in line with the complex and changing needs that young people experience growing up in the region. Sport4Youth’s transformation into Balkan PLAYers brings greater impact, reach and ambition to:
1. provide unique opportunities for the most vulnerable children in society to access fun and inclusive sport activities;
2. empower youth to lead change and champion an inclusive society where all children and young people are valued;
3. Invest in sustainable, long-term capacity building and support for local civil society organisations to use sport-based methods to address the needs they see in their localities.
Find on our educational media library all the PLAY International resources related to the Balkan PLAYers project developed with and for youth and youth workers.
A “cooperative games" kit for volunteer animators to offer activities based on inclusion, cooperation and respect, for children aged 8 to 14 years. Content is in English (Albanian and Serbian on request).
The “socio-sports” kit provides 10 sessions for children aged 8 to 14. These sessions are designed to foster the development of psycho-social skills in children around the concepts of respect, mutual aid, communication and team spirit. Content is in English (Albanian and Serbian on request).
They talk about it
We didn’t use to communicate with other communities. PLAY has helped us to have that communication, not only through our participation in the project activities but also in our private lives, because we now enjoy independently meeting with volunteers from the south.PLAY made me more open to other communities - more open to different people
The Balkan PLAYers project continues PLAY’s work in Kosovo but also incorporates a regionalisation approach through Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organisation capacity building and partnership. This reflects PLAY’s recognition that working with and through partners is the only effective way to provide sustainable solutions to address the challenges societies face. Through its work with partners, PLAY will continuously advocate for the use of sport and physical activity as a tool for development throughout the Western Balkans region.
Regional work began in 2018 and 2019 through partnerships in Serbia and North Macedonia, showing great success in creating intercultural links between young people in the Western Balkans. In the period until 2025, PLAY aims to create a network of partners in the six countries of the Western Balkans who are supported to use active educational methods with youth to promote peacebuilding, inclusion and reconciliation.